Vauxhall Mokka X (2012-2019) review - Interior, design and technology
Stylish exterior looks and a well equipped, high-quality cabin ensure the Mokka X doesn't lack for all-round appeal
The Mokka X’s eye-catching bodywork looks a lot like a pumped-up Corsa, which isn't much of a surprise considering they use the same basic running gear. As you’d expect, there’s tough-looking plastic body cladding and underbody skid plates, while the raised ride height completes the off-roader look.
Elsewhere, there's a bold chrome front grille that was updated in 2016 to look more like the latest Corsa and new Astra, large swept-back headlamps and muscular, pumped-up wheelarches. All models get at least 17-inch alloy wheels (with 18 and 19-inch rims available as options depending on which engine you choose), electrically folding door mirrors and all-round parking sensors.
The Mokka X aims to rival premium-brand crossovers for quality and upmarket appeal inside, and does a decent job. There are plenty of soft-touch plastics and the finish is excellent. While the IntelliLink infotainment system may appear confusing at first, it all quickly becomes second nature. A slight problem is that the satin-finished switches soon show up finger marks.
Neat touches include the chrome on the instrument surrounds and the gloss-grey panel running across the attractively designed dash and into the door trims. There’s plenty of equipment, too, with Exclusiv models getting dual-zone climate control, LED headlights, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a tyre-pressure monitoring system.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
All models come with a digital radio, Bluetooth, steering wheel audio controls and at least a CD 450 six-speaker sound system as standard. Even that base stereo is compatible with MP3 files.
Vauxhall’s neat IntelliLink system adds a seven-inch colour touchscreen monitor built into the dash. The even more impressive Navi 950 IntelliLink package, with street-level mapping, is an option on most cars, but it’s a standard fit on the Elite – which is why this is our preferred trim in the Mokka X range. It represents fantastic value for money.
In this review
- 1Vauxhall Mokka X (2012-2019) reviewHigh spec and eye-catching looks mean the Vauxhall Mokka X is only let down by a dull drive
- 2Engines, performance and driveInert handling lets the Mokka X down, but the excellent 1.4 Turbo petrol and comfortable ride are strong points
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe 1.6 CDTi Mokka X is reasonably cheap to tax and fuel, but the petrol engine isn't quite as impressive
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingStylish exterior looks and a well equipped, high-quality cabin ensure the Mokka X doesn't lack for all-round appeal
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceConsidering its supermini-related underpinnings, the Mokka X has reasonable space for five adults
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Vauxhall Mokka X has a five-star Euro NCAP rating, but it needs to improve its performance in our customer satisfaction surveys